Wedding

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Advanced Wedding Lessons – Survival of the Fittest

***Cheesy Love Alert*** Also, no good jokes. As we head into the final few days before the big day, I feel like I’m learning stuff so fast that I can begin to teach some advanced classes.  There have been so many lessons in the last few days that I’m keeping them for the book we write.  So I’ll share the number one.  I’m pretty sure this will hold on as the most important thing planning a wedding can teach you. Planning a wedding is like Navy SEAL training.  Leaving aside the sleep deprivation for now, I always understood things like…


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Wedding Dress Hunting and My Green Conscious.

For years it’s been the norm that grooms rent their tuxedos, despite the fact that you can buy a brand new gorgeous tux for less than the price of rental. Buying a tux makes sense because it’s highly likely that you’ll have another opportunity to wear one, at least if you’re marrying a musician who loves to attend galas. So why is it that Rent-a-Bridal-Gown is still hasn’t really caught on? It’s certainly more expensive to buy a dress than to rent one, and you will never have a reason to wear a wedding dress again. Somehow grooms still rent…


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I Should Have Been a Florist…Really!

Groom confession number 4 – I loved the meeting with the florist. I don’t consider myself a very “artsy” person.  I can’t draw, my ceramics professor in college called me his “special” student (why I took ceramics is a whole different blog), and in general I just never got the “high” that most creative types get from art.  Of course, it then seems ironic that my bride-to-be plays 1,200 instruments, paints, writes, knits, and takes advantage of just about every other artistic outlet known to man.  Opposites attract? This may all have changed for me.  I really should have thought…


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Wedding: Advice on Slashing the Guest List.

At first I was pretty miffed when I didn’t receive an invitation to the Royal Wedding, but now, having tortured myself over my own guest list for months, I understand. Kate, don’t worry … we’re still cool. I know that your Prince has a huge list of folks he’s obligated to invite — other princes, dukes, Elton John, etc. Also, y’all are older than your average couple, which means you’ve met lots more people. Keeping your list limited to 2000 must be about as hard as it is to keeping ours to, um, well let’s just say way-smaller-than-average. Between my…


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How to deal with wedding-related stress.

I’ve read multiple books on weddings over the past few months, and that’s not just to ensure I meet my 2011 GoodReads challenge, although it’s helping with that goal tremendously. There are thousands of books about weddings. We’ve thumbed through coffee-table books by famous wedding planners. We’ve read countless books about the planning process, each of which tells us how far behind we are. Mostly, however, I’ve been focusing on books about eco-friendly weddings and budget weddings. As you know, it’s not easy to combine the two, but if we had to describe our wedding in two words, those would…


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I Should Have Been a Photographer

Photography is an art.  People who have the ability to tell stories with their images are amazing.  It requires talent, practice, and no shortage of expensive tools.  That being said, I think we might rely on our friends with iPhones and buy a message chair.  Or maybe just hire someone to “take my class picture.” The modern trend is to hire a photographer to do a “photo-journalistic” interpretation of your wedding.  They don’t simply take the basic family photos, but they also get the candid dance floor shots, and intimate loving moments.  For this, they charge a pretty penny.  While you…


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Naked Lady Party … for Wedding Dresses?

I admit I’m a bit of a princess, in that I prefer Paris to camping, and diamonds to moonstones, but I’m not at all a fashionista. I’ve been wearing the same t-shirts since high school (although now people think I bought them at a vintage shop), and I own one pair of jeans. All of my newer clothes are friends’ hand-me-downs. My shoe style is Winter: cowboy boots and  Summer: flip-flops. Easy. So in answer to, “What are you wearing?” Well, as of now, I don’t know. I found one dress at a consignment store a few weeks ago that…


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“The Dress” begins its tortuous grasp upon me.

“Wedding, wedding, wedding, wedding, wedding.” That’s pretty much the topic of conversation these days, whether we like it or not. What surprises me, however, is how very few people have asked me what I’m wearing, other than my gutter-minded friends who have repeatedly asked, “Are you wearing white? Lolz lol.” (Not funny.) I guess I sort of expected the dress to be a hot topic, considering that’s all that bridal magazines talk about. It’s been a good thing for me, however, because I am not at all obsessed with The Dress. At a bridal show last week, I was reminded…


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Deep thoughts on the Royal Wedding… again.

Back in January, I declared I was going to try to get really into the Royal Wedding. I’ve not been very good about this, mostly because I don’t read magazines or gossip blogs. Thus, when a special about William and Kate appeared on TV earlier this week, I forced myself to watch it. You may be laughing, but it really took a lot of effort to maintain my interest. You see, I used to produce cable documentaries for a living, so I have a lot of trouble sitting through them now. My thoughts aren’t of the Royal drama, but of…


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Planning a Big Party with Little Time.

According to TheKnot.com, we have “477 items to do and 112 items overdue.” I keep looking at that checklist, then closing it when I see the timeline. Apparently, I should have had colors picked out and a venue booked long before I got this diamond ring. What’s really frustrating is that TheKnot is not the only thing telling me how far behind I am. We’ve been to a couple of wedding shows recently, and the first question we are asked is, “When is your wedding?” When we answer “July,” they respond with great trepidation, “This July?!” After nodding the affirmative,…